Wells inshore lifeboat saves two tidal people on Holkham Beach

RNLI Wells Class D inshore lifeboat Peter Wilcox, with a volunteer crew of three, was launched to aid two people who had been cut off by the incoming tide on Holkham Beach in the aftermath noon on Saturday 2 October.

The Wells Inshore Lifeboat was called at 12:37 p.m. by the Coast Guard to rescue two people cut off by the tide on the west side of Wells / Holkham Beach.

The lifeboat was launched with a crew of three outside the boathouse at 12:46 p.m. and proceeded along the harbor channel and out to sea towards the vicinity of the victims. The two people were isolated on a strip of sand disappearing with the rising tide, and visible from the rescue station.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene at 12:49 p.m. and the crew found the two people cold with wet feet, but unharmed. They transferred them to the safety of the lifeboat and returned them to the boathouse.

At 1:06 p.m., the two people were unloaded safe and sound. The local coastguard team was also present.

The inshore lifeboat was sanitized, relocated, refueled and ready for return to service at 1:40 p.m.

Rescue Director Chris Hardy said: “I am very happy that there was a positive result this afternoon; however, situations like this can be avoided. When enjoying our coastline, it is important that people know the tide times. They should always return to the main beach at least four hours before high tide to avoid being cut off, like these people were today.

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